The Birkett-Smith Animal Sanctuary
3 Templemans Ash,
DT6 5NX.

About Us
We provide forever homes for domestic, farm and wildlife animals
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A Bit More About Us
We have approximately 150 animals which includes over 100 dogs
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Happy Beginnings
At The Sanctuary there are no endings, just Happy New Beginnings.
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Realising A Dream
Our Dream Becomes Reality And All Because Of You
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From The Heart
The 'Nobody Dogs' and the sanctuary
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The Birkett-Smith Animal Sanctuary

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A chance to live.. Over the last year we have given a lot of last chances, taking in more and more 'at risk' dogs who had run out of options and were facing being put to sleep. These dogs are often extremely damaged and highly reactive and when we take them on we know we are taking on a big task and although it is always our goal to rehabilitate a dog so that they can go back out into the world with new skills we know that these dogs are so damaged that they are likely to remain with us forever. A chance to turn it around.. We ignore the critics and shoulder the heavy burdens that come with these dogs, working with them each day and their rehab and learning are made part of thier daily routine. Each dog has its own type of day depending on the issues we are working with. Those that are terrified of touch get lots of touch work, those that are resource guarders play regular swapping games for treats with precious items they hold on to for security. The reactives are gently and safely worked with so that thier triggers become more neutral and they are slowly...sometimes very slowly, desensitised. There are no pressures here, no expectations and no rush, a dog can only be the dog he can become when given the right tools, environment, love and time and all of those are in abundance here. The definition of the word 'Chance' is 'the possibility of something happening' Soza was one of these at risk dogs. When he came to us he was around 17 months old, he had spent the first 6 months of his life living in a drugs den where he was taught to attack and kill cats and dogs and used as a bait dog for 6 hellish months. He was then passed to a person that crated him 24 hours a day which was like a prison sentence; left in his own urine and faeces as they 'did not know what to do with him'. He was surrendered in July of last year and went into foster but sadly he escaped and attacked a dog, doing what he was trained to do in the drugs den because he knew no different. He was punished and beaten severely but Soza did not retaliate. I don't think any of us will ever forget the picture we recieved of him battered, bruised and swollen, it was horrific and heatbreaking. Despite all...
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